Seven members of the Commonwealth Youth Human Rights and Democracy (CYHRD) Network visited Marlborough House on February 6, 2018 to learn more about the Commonwealth and the role of young people within it
Seven members of the Commonwealth Youth Human Rights and Democracy (CYHRD) Network visited Marlborough House on February 6, 2018 to learn more about the Commonwealth and the role of young people within it.
Indian law students and graduates participated in the academic expedition, facilitated by the CYHRD, and were given an overview of Legal Education and Practice in the UK.
The visit also aimed to encourage young lawyers to voice their views in international dialogues enabled by the Commonwealth and UK Parliament.
The visitors were invited to discuss with representatives from the Youth, Rule of Law, Human Rights and Political Divisions at the Commonwealth Secretariat the issues of young people’s participation at national level and how to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Established in 2016, the CYHRD Network works to bring together young people from Commonwealth countries to promote, protect and recognise human rights and democracy at all levels.
It realises this vision through the creation of spaces in which young people can collaborate to achieve collective human rights and democracy goals through the dissemination of knowledge and capacity development.
The Indian Representative of the CYHRD Network and delegation leader, Manuj Bhardwaj, said that the session with the Secretariat had been very informative and had helped build a greater understanding of the various developmental issues and solutions within the Commonwealth.
He added: “One of the main takeaways from this seminar was that the Commonwealth is the group that can be a champion for a lot of countries to grow in more sustainable ways and a platform to solve complex challenges.”
Sushil Ram, Programme Manager for the Youth Affairs Division at the Secretariat, said: “India contributes the largest number of youth population to the Commonwealth, over 705 million young people.
“It’s a privilege to give these students and young graduates the opportunity to learn more about the Commonwealth as an inter-governmental organisation, and the vital role that it plays.”